In partnership with the Security Institute, the Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) has joined their new initiative to inspire and attract young people to consider careers within the UK security industry.

As the first uniformed youth group to take part in the innovative “Next Generation in Security” programme, 30 VPCs from five police forces were invited to London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre for an exciting “access all areas” experience at the iconic International Security Expo 2018.

The International Security Expo (ISE) 2018 #ISE2018 is only open to security industry professionals and organisations, show-casing top level technology, expertise, skills and operational tactical options.

Thanks to the Next Generation programme, 30 Volunteer Police Cadets (aged 16 and above) from Surrey, Devon and Cornwall, Hertfordshire, City of London and Metropolitan Police VPC units arrived at Olympia, full of enthusiasm to receive their accreditation badges and bespoke event VPC polo shirts.

Alongside members of the National VPC team, the combined VPC contingent received a warm welcome from Rick Mounfield, Chief Executive of the Security Institute, with retired Detective Chief Superintendent now Board Member for the Security Institute and Director of Ward Security, Paul Barnard.

The cadets had the privilege of a private meeting with Admiral Lord West GCB DSC PC, former First Sea Lord and now Chair of the ISE. Admiral West spoke to the cadets about key security issues, organisations & working closely to keep our communities safe. He also had inspirational advice for their future life-choices and potential careers.

Split into four teams, the cadets were then deployed into the main display arenas, to meet exhibitors, professionals, specialists and get “hands on” with kit and leading-edge technology on display!

The Security Institute devised a special App to help the teams navigate around the event, ensuring they didn’t miss anything exciting and allowing organisers to capture “real time” feedback from each cadet.

Our cadets had a packed day finding out about a wide range of intriguing subjects and experiences, from protecting urban spaces to drone & counter-drone Technology, cyber crime, aviation security & CCTV, operational policing and investigations, range of government departments, Armed Forces units, searching techniques, risk mitigation and much more. It was also a great opportunity to share their own experiences and promote the Volunteer Police Cadets.

17 year old Cadet Kieran from Hertfordshire VPC said “This has been an amazing day, meeting teams doing vital work to keep us safe. Meeting Admiral West was great, and his answers to our questions gave a lot for us to think about!”

16 year old Tia, Devon and Cornwall VPC, said “We had no idea about many of the things we’ve seen today, it’s been really interesting to see brand new technology, fraud prevention and meeting people like the officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary. This is what Cadets is all about.”

Paul Barnard said “On behalf of the Security Institute I’d like to thank the VPCs who joined us for the first time at this year’s Security Expo event, they were superb! Engaging, motivated, lots of good questions & ideas -  these teenagers were excellent ambassadors for the VPC and the police service. We really look forward to working together with the VPC in the future & promoting opportunities for young people within the security industry.”

Other major events & opportunities like this will be held at various UK locations over the next 12 months.

If you are a VPC Unit Leader and think your unit might be interested in future experiences like this, please contact us admin.vpc@vpc.police.uk

Herts VPC
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Testing the Kit
VPC with Civil Nuclear Constabulary officer & Darth Vadar
" No he doesn't have a light sabre"